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From the Author

AlphaTangle was originally self-published in 2009, as inspiration for the small, but growing group of artists who practiced Zentangle®. It was the first book published on the subject and a few thousand copies have found there way around the world! (Who knew that Australia/Tasmania would be such a hotbed for tangling activity!?)

As proof that the publisher and I both read all the comments on Amazon about our books... with this NEW version we tried to fix some of the "problems." This version is a little bit bigger, has a better, sturdier binding, better image quality and a few extra pages in the beginning that explain Zentangle and show you the basics to get started. But they are really only there so you can easily explain Zentangle to the stranger peering over your shoulder, or your mom, etc. Oh, and with all the improvements, the publisher still kept the price the same! Yeah!

AlphaTangle is not meant to be a how-to guide. Get Totally Tangled for that. Actually get Totally Tangled anyway. And Yoga for Your Brain...

About the Author

Sandy Steen Bartholomew is an author, illustrator, mixed media artist and a Certified Zentangle Teacher. She'll draw on anything that doesn't move. She looks just like her cartoon avatar.
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Product Details

  • Series: Design Originals (Book 3460)
  • Paperback: 66 pages
  • Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing (January 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1574213377
  • ISBN-13: 978-1574213379
  • Product Dimensions: 4.7 x 0.2 x 5.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #276,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is beautiful and has lots of ideas for tangling.
poodlegal
She packs her books with loads of highly structured directions and precisely pictured step-by-step instructions for each tangle.
Amazon Customer
So I will enjoy the book, but next time, I'm going to be more aware of the dimensions!
K. Hayson

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By FloridaGal on April 20, 2011
Format: Paperback
Sandy Bartholomew's delightful teeny-tiny "AlphaTangle - A Totally Tangled Alphabet" has been republished by Suzanne McNeill's Design Originals publishing company. It's a fun "new and improved, revised and updated" edition.

There are several updates to the new edition, starting with its slightly larger physical dimensions, 4 5/8 x 5 1/2-inches, and a newly designed cover.

Sandy has added a list of basic supplies and simple steps for getting started, along with some drawing tips and 6 pattern mini-how-to's: Nightsbridge, Keeko, Pearlz, Printemps, Hollibaugh and Ennies.

The rest of the charmingly tangled alphabet content is identical to Sandy's original self-published first edition, with 77 of the original 102 official Zentangle® patterns.

NOTE: This is NOT a book of how-to draw these official tangles. You CAN find instructions for many of these patterns online at tanglepatterns.com under the tag "Zentangle".

This is a must-have book for any Zentangle® enthusiast's library.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By D Kendra Francesco on December 8, 2011
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A year or so ago, I ran into a book about Zentangles. At the time, I rolled my eyes and muttered, "A book on how to doodle? Give me a break!" But, but, but... Over time, I found myself drawn (yes, pun intended) to this controlled doodling. So, I did what most creative people do: I researched it online. What I found astounded me! Instructions and illustrations and so on! I was in creative heaven!

I found this little book and pounced on it. I bought a small package of pens in various tip-sizes and a ream of cardstock. I dragged out my paper cutter (couldn't get the recommended tiles too at the same time I bought the booklet; have since used tiles, cardstock and watercolor paper).

Now, as noted by another, this is not a book of instructions. However, if you do any kind of research about how tangles are created, you can pretty well figure out (have a good eye for) how each tangle is created. As the goal is to relax, learn each tangle separately; literally, just take your time.

The size of the book is pocket-sized (and its description gives the dimensions), and thus perfect for my purse or briefcase. I keep this book, some paper or tiles, and the pens handy for those minutes when I need to take a breather. I'd recommend anyone and everyone with a creative bent to try their hand at this; it takes up less room and is easier to put away than say, jewelry-making or knitting.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Latin Pod VINE VOICE on July 19, 2011
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I got Sandy Steen Bartholomew's "Totally Tangled" and "Yoga for Your Brain" books about a month ago. The latter two are excellent instructional books in the art of Zentangle, and feature original and official designs. "AlphaTangle," which measures only 5.5"x4.5," is intended as a pocket reference book and features 77 of the official Zentangle designs. The book's introduction includes instructions for 4 of the Zentagles in the book. The other Zentagles appear in alphabetical order, and are incorporated into letter designs. Each Zentangle is clearly labeled within the letter. Most of the instructions to draw the Zentangles found in the book may be found in the official zentangle website or in other certified Zentangle teachers' sites. The designs that are not found on the web, provide a challenge for the avid Zentangle aficionado.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By K. Hayson on May 21, 2011
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I've just received my AlphaTangle book. Great combinations of tangle designs. Just one little (and I mean little) thing I didn't notice was the size of the book. Not that it matters, you can still see everything clearly and the labels on the tangles are great for a quick reference, but the book its self is very, very small. Since it was paired with another book "Totally Tangled" it looked to be the same size. So I will enjoy the book, but next time, I'm going to be more aware of the dimensions!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 24, 2012
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I have all of Sandy's books and it is a thrill when I open a new one. This tiny book is cram-packed with juicy ideas for Alpha Tangles. Each letter's combination of tangles is clearly labeled on that letter. The letters are large so you can easily see what has been used to form it. But, this is not a beginner's book with descriptive directions for each tangle. For this, you need to have either sufficient experience and know how or other tangle books, with the tangles listed. These will be easy to find in her 2 other books. Those 2 books are her instructive books. Very much worth the price of admission. Beginner or advanced, Sandy's books provide an excellent reference library in compact form. She packs her books with loads of highly structured directions and precisely pictured step-by-step instructions for each tangle. If you love to tangle, even if you are a beginner, pick up this book and add it to your library. You won't regret it. Add the others also....... I think you will be delighted with these as well.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Linda James on July 24, 2011
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This is great. I didn't realize it was small when I ordered it but it
works perfect to carry in my purse along with my pen and paper. Enjoy!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Lehman on August 15, 2011
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I am new to Zentangles, but I am already addicted to it. Although this book provides you with great ideas, there are no "step-by-step" instructions on how to create the patterns. As a beginner, I still need the assistance.
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